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Matthew J. Cate

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Practice Areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Creditor's Rights
  • Probate
  • Structured Settlement Transfers


Matthew J. Cate joined Barber, Segatto, Hoffee, Wilke & Cate in 2001 after having clerked at the Fourth District Appellate Court, based in Springfield.  He graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2000.  Matthew became a partner with the firm in 2007.  He concentrates his practice in estate planning, real estate, structured settlement payment rights and transfers, bankruptcy and creditors rights, and family law.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Sangamon County Bar Association, and is a past President of the Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Council.  He is also frequently appointed as a guardian ad litem by the court in necessary matters.


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
    • B.A.
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admission

  • Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Past Positions

  • Fourth District Appellate Court, Law Clerk, 2000 to 2001

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 2001 to Present
  • American Bar Association, 2001 to Present
  • Sangamon County Bar Association, Member, 2001 to Present
  • Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Council, Past President, 2001 to Present

Current Employment Position

  • Partner